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‘New’ paid family leave arrives this summer

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More California employees will be eligible to take paid family leave starting July 1. That’s when grandparents, grandchildren, siblings and parents-in-law will be added to the list of relatives for whom caregiver leave is authorized.  

Since 2004, California employees who took time off work to bond with a newborn or newly adopted child or care for an ill parent, child, spouse or domestic partner could receive up to six weeks of pay through the state’s Employment Development Department (EDD). Employees receive the same rate of pay they would for taking disability benefits.

Despite the changes, paid leave is not necessarily job-protected leave. Only employees covered by the federal or California Family and Medical Leave Acts enjoy job-protected leave.

Note: Review your leave policies with your attorney to ensure they comply with both federal and state laws.

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